Time changes next weekend, which means we're in for another few months of cold, darkness and terror. The good news is, early night means you have far more acceptable hours for eating and drinking, as it's much easier to eat two dinners when your first is at 4:30 p.m. and your second is at 8 p.m. Here's where to feast this week—information on where to purchase elastic waistband jeans to follow.
On Monday, Rossopomodoro in the West Village is celebrating National Pizza Month by offering up free pizza to anyone making a charitable food donation. Guests are encouraged to bring one store-brought frozen pizza to the establishment in exchange for a fresh wood-baked pie—Rossopomodoro will then donate the frozen pies to the Food Bank For New York City. The "Pizza Amnesty" promotion runs through October 29th.
Also on Monday, VSpot Organic NYC in the East Village will host an El Macho Taco competition, where guest chefs will compete to create the best vegan taco in the city. Competitors include Mardi Miskit and Theo Kaloudis of Brooklyn Fork and Spoon; Gabrielle Bebbino from Heirloom Vegan Eatery, and Tere Fox from Rockin’ Raw—guests can taste all eight taco creations and have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Celebrity judges will also be on hand to award the winners. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and costs $35 for regular entry and $55 for VIP, which includes a regular or virgin margarita, chips & salsa, priority seating, and a meet-and-greet with the chefs; purchase a ticket online.
Head to Brass Monkey in the Meatpacking District on Tuesday for a Beefsteak dinner cooked up by chef Billy Barlow. The meaty feast includes dishes like Roasted and Carved Ribeye, Blackened Flatiron Steak, and Roasted Bone Marrow, with sauces like Chimichurri and Whiskey Peppercorn Jus and sides including Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts roasted in Beef Fat. The 7:30 p.m. feast runs $55-per-person and includes your first beer and a Brass Monkey apron—you can RSVP through Brass Monkey's website.
Also on Tuesday, Louie and Chan on the Lower East Side will launch their new weekly "Prohibition Happy Hour," where a different specialty cocktail will be available for only 35 CENTS. This week's drink comes courtesy of Bulldog Gin—the special pricing is available from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and no reservation is necessary.
And on Thursday, Cull & Pistol in Chelsea Market will host a Maine lobster bake, complete with two 1.25-pound Maine lobsters, a half-dozen oysters, grilled corn, potatoes, cast-iron cornbread, bottomless pitchers of FishGuys Pils, bottled by Oskar Blues beer. The feast costs $85 per person with seatings available at 6:30 p.m. and at 8:45 p.m.; make a reservation by calling the restaurant.